Sunday, April 28, 2013

2013 Draft Wrap: 'Bama selections/free agents

*First Round

No. 9 DB Dee Milliner (New York Jets)
No. 10 OL Chance Warmack (Tennessee Titans)
No. 11 OL D.J. Fluker (San Diego Chargers)

*Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has had a total of 14 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Second Round

No. 61 RB Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)

Fourth Round

No. 99 LB Nico Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs)
No. 113 C Barrett Jones (St. Louis Rams)

Fifth Round

No. 137 NG Jesse Williams (Seattle Seahawks)
No. 157 DE Quinton Dial (San Francisco 49ers)

Seventh Round

No. 211 TE Michael Williams (Detroit Lions)

Free Agents

S Robert Lester (Carolina Panthers)
DE Damion Square (Philadelphia Eagles)
LS Carson Tinker (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Additional reading

-National champion Alabama dominates in draft, too

-Alabama draft recap: The Tide only did better in 1945, when there were 32 rounds 

Friday, April 26, 2013

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stephen Roberts gives verbal to Alabama

Opelika High School (Opelika, AL) defensive back Stephen Roberts has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2014.

Roberts, who stands 6-foot-1 and tops the scale at 179-pounds, gave his commitment to the Tide following a visit from Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Listed as a three-star prospect per, and the No. 31 ranked defensive back in the nation, Roberts selected Alabama over the likes of Auburn and Florida State.

With his verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide, Stephen Roberts becomes the fifth verbal commitment for Alabama in respect to the 2014 signing class.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

A-Day '13: White squad wins, turnovers rule the day

Public spring football scrimmages are designed for the fans, and one certainly had to be a hardcore fan to “stomach” the 2013 edition of Alabama’s annual spring game.

“Sloppy” was the word of the day, as a total of nine turnovers took place in a little more than two hours of "real" time.

With a listed attendance of 78,315, the second smallest in the Saban era, the White squad, led by quarterback AJ McCarron, defeated the Crimson unit by the score of 17-14.


A-Day news and notes

-RB T.J. Yeldon had 15 carries for 69 yards, including the game-winning TD. Yeldon received MVP honors.

-QB AJ McCarron completed 19-of-30 passes for 223 yards including 1 TD and 2 INTs.

-For the first time this spring, RB Dee Hart and WR DeAndrew White did not adorn black non-contact jerseys.

-WR Kenny Bell had two receptions on the opening drive of the game for the White squad, including a TD reception from AJ McCarron. Bell showed no ill effects from the broken tibia he suffered against Auburn in late November of 2012.

-Safety Nick Perry intercepted Blake Sims on two occasions in the first quarter, one of which came on the opening drive of the contest for the Crimson offense.

-Play-clock operator Doyle Shaw was “shaken up” during the latter stages of the first half after being “trucked” by safety Landon Collins. The collision occurred after Collins intercepted Crimson squad quarterback Alec Morris and was subsequently shoved out of bounds.

-Safety Vinnie Sunseri, via deflection courtesy of DB Deion Belue, intercepted an AJ McCarron pass and returned the ball 86-yards for a TD to end the initial half of play.

-Nick Saban essentially emptied the bench in the second half. Everyone who was available to play…did play.

-Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix returned a Brian Vogler (tight end) fumble
55-yards for a TD in the final minutes of the game.

-Former WR turned DB, Cyrus Jones, intercepted AJ McCarron in the end zone in the final quarter of play. Earlier in the game, Jones was out of position which resulted in a touchdown by WR Kenny Bell for the first score of the contest.

-As mentioned above, the “starters” did return to action in the final moments of the game which eventually resulted in a 7-yard TD run by T.J. Yeldon to seal the victory for the White squad.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Alabama “A-Day” set for Saturday afternoon

Following one month of practice, two scrimmages, some injuries, and several position shuffles, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team will conclude spring practice with the annual “A-Day” game.

Set to begin at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and televised live via ESPN2, the spring game is indeed the culmination of practice until early August.

Excluding the “injury bug,” which was documented in a prior post, the spring session has been one of evaluation and experimentation. With a crop of early enrollees, coupled with players returning from injury, general “assessment” has certainly played a vital role since mid March.

In regards to the experimentation aspect, a few players are working in different areas of the same position, but the most notable moves have come in the Tide secondary where three offensive players have spent a large portion of the spring…covering wide receivers. Running back Dee Hart and wide receivers Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones have each received weeks of work at defensive back, and Christion Jones could potentially play “both ways” in not only the spring game, but perhaps, during the 2013 season.

While fans of the Crimson Tide will certainly be intrigued by new faces and possibilities, the real significance of the spring game is simply the free "appetizer" that serves as a friendly reminder that a new college football season is just months away.

Additional reading

-Who would win if Alabama CB Christion Jones covered WR Christion Jones?

-The 5 biggest questions of Alabama spring football, revisited

-Alabama A-Day: How and where to watch the 2013 spring game


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Shaun Dion Hamilton gives verbal to Alabama

Carver High School (Montgomery, AL) linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2014.

Hamilton, a four-star prospect per, selected the Crimson Tide over the likes of Auburn and Tennessee.

Set to graduate in December, and enroll at Alabama in January of 2014, Hamilton stands just under 6-foot-1 and tops the scale at 241-pounds.

With today’s pledge, Shaun Dion Hamilton becomes the fourth verbal commitment for the Crimson Tide in respect to the 2014 signing class.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tide RB Derrick Henry suffers fractured fibula

In an ideal setting, the month that is spring football practice would be engaging, cooperative, but most notably…quiet.

As the Alabama Crimson Tide enter the final week of the spring session, just days before the annual spring game, the “quiet vibe” has transformed into a small draft of wind.

Running back Derrick Henry, the highly touted freshman from Yulee, FL, suffered a fractured fibula during the course of Alabama’s second spring scrimmage, which was held April 13.

Courtesy of a phone interview with Henry’s former high school coach, obtained the information regarding the injury.

While Henry is expected to be ready for the start of fall camp, he must first recover from surgery (insertion of a plate) that was required to stabilize the bone.

Prior to his injury, Henry had, by all accounts, a productive spring. Being an early enrollee, Henry was gaining vital knowledge in regards to adapting to not only the college life as a student, but to college football and learning the Alabama offensive system.

In the overall “big picture” of spring camp, Henry is the second Tide player to be injured during a scrimmage and then have a surgical procedure to repair the issue in question.

During Alabama’s initial scrimmage of the spring, linebacker Trey DePriest sustained a fractured foot which was opted to be surgically repaired in order to accelerate the recovery period.

Spring injury report (notable)

*List is reserved for injuries/surgeries…not minor ailments*


-LB Trey DePriest (Foot-Injured During Spring)

-DB John Fulton (Toe-Missed Spring)

-RB Derrick Henry (Leg-Injured During Spring)

-WR Kevin Norwood (Toe-Missed Spring)

Black non-contact jersey (due to 2012 injuries/pre-spring surgery)

-RB Jalston Fowler (Knee)

-RB/DB Dee Hart (Knee)

-LB C.J. Mosley (Shoulder)

-WR DeAndrew White (Knee)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

President Obama honors 'Bama title team

For the third time in four years, and for the second consecutive year, the Alabama Crimson Tide have visited the grandest house in the nation.

Earlier today, members of the 2012 Alabama football team, as well as distinguished state dignitaries, visited the White House to be formally congratulated and recognized by President Barack Obama for winning the BCS National Championship.

Today's gathering with the POTUS was originally scheduled for early March, but the trip was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Washington D.C. area.

As was the case last year, Alabama players used the power of social media to share the experience via Twitter, and other outlets, as the events took place.

As for the official ceremony, President Obama began his speech with a resounding "Roll Tide!" and then expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mal Moore. The POTUS then proceeded to "summarize" the 2012 Alabama football season as well as throw in several laughs concerning the program's "habit" of returning to the White House.

In terms of gifts, Barrett Jones, AJ McCarron, and Chance Warmack presented our nation's leader with a No. 15 (white) jersey, an Alabama helmet, as well as a commemorative football.

While meeting the POTUS is the highlight of any D.C. trip, Alabama also took a tour of the Smithsonian Institution.

For additional news/notes on Alabama's ceremonial trip, including player reaction(s), be sure to follow "@BamaFootballTCE" on Twitter.

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